By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Author
BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken can pay a quick condolence go to to Japan subsequent week following the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the State Division mentioned Sunday.
Blinken will journey to Tokyo on Monday to pay his respects to the previous chief and meet with senior Japanese officers earlier than returning to Washington from an Asian tour that he’s now wrapping up.
“Secretary Blinken will journey to Tokyo, Japan, to supply condolences to the Japanese individuals on the demise of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and to satisfy with senior Japanese officers,” State Division spokesperson Ned Value mentioned in a press release. “The U.S.-Japan Alliance is the cornerstone of peace and stability within the Indo-Pacific and has by no means been stronger.”
Blinken is in Thailand on a pre-scheduled go to and had been in Indonesia on Friday attending a Group of 20 nations’ international ministers assembly in Bali when Abe was shot and killed. He would be the most senior U.S. official to go to Japan within the aftermath of Abe’s demise.
On Saturday in Bali, Blinken mentioned Abe’s killing was a “tragedy” for the world and, like many different present and former U.S. officers, lauded the previous prime minister for his imaginative and prescient.
“Prime Minister Abe was a transformative chief, a statesman, somebody of actually world stature,” Blinken instructed reporters. He added that Abe’s demise had shaken the G-20 assembly with a lot of his international minister colleagues expressing shock and misery on the information.
Shortly after Abe was pronounced useless, Blinken met in Bali with Japanese Overseas Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and South Korean Overseas Minister Park Jin to evaluate technique primarily associated to North Korea. In that assembly and once more on Saturday, Blinken underscored the significance of the U.S.-Japan relationship.
“The alliance between Japan and the USA has been a cornerstone of our international coverage for many years and as I mentioned yesterday, Prime Minister Abe actually introduced that partnership to new heights,” he mentioned.
“The friendship between the Japanese and American individuals is likewise unshakable,” Blinken mentioned. “So we’re standing with the individuals of Japan, with the prime minister’s household, within the aftermath of a very, actually appalling act of violence.”
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